Recent Cookbook Reads, Twitterature-Style

recent reads, twitterature-style
I love reading cookbooks, both for recipe ideas, and because some cookbooks are packed with extra information or stories. These are some of the best cookbooks I’ve finished recently:

The Smitten Kitchen CookbookThe Smitten Kitchen CookbookThe Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman by Deb Perelman
Packed with her usual gorgeous images, with stories accompanying every recipe. I stopped flagging pages where I wanted to try a dish, because there were too many. Come back on the 24th because I have way more to say about this book.

The Book of SchmaltzThe Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten FatThe Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat by Michael Ruhlman by Michael Ruhlman
Yes, it’s a book about fat, but there is some history in it, and beautiful photography, and descriptions of dishes that sound so delicious that I am quite tempted to try and render my own schmaltz to try some of the recipes. If you like Ruhlman (and if you don’t, please don’t tell me), don’t be put off by the topic: it’s fascinating.

The French Market CookbookThe French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian KitchenThe French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier by Clotilde Dusoulier
Fun to read, but I was surprised not to be that tempted by any of the specific recipes – all of them had some element or another that prevented me from wanting to try them. Lovely photographs still made it one I enjoyed before sending it back to the library.

KeepersKeepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the KitchenKeepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion
Filled with helpful tips and ideas about getting weeknight dinners on the table – I’ve flagged several I want to try. It reminded me quite a bit of Dinner: A Love Story in its format, without quite as much personal information as DALS included.

Bonne Femme CookbookThe Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every DayThe Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day by Wini Moranville by Wini Moranville
While I love the idea of many of these recipes, and the extra tidbits of information are fun and interesting, I really wish it had more (well, any) pictures – I’m so spoiled by beautifully illustrated cookbooks.

What Katie AteWhat Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and PiecesWhat Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces by Katie Quinn Davies by Katie Quinn Davies
The best part of this was the peek at what an Irish woman living in Australia eats for her meals. Some of her breakfast dishes were definitely not ones I’ve ever had, although if you’re more well-traveled than me (and that’s not hard to be) they’re probably quite familiar. The format of the book seems to focus on appearance rather than function, and though the photos are pretty, the text is often very hard to read.

For more peeks at what people are reading, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up!

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Comments

  1. I love cookbooks, but I like reading them for the content and stories and photos more than for the recipes. A couple of these look perfect for that!

  2. This reminds me, I loved flipping through the SK cookbook when I received it as a gift, but I haven’t actually made anything out of it! Must remedy that.

    • I keep trying to make something from it, and invariably something has come up to prevent it from happening. Trying again today, or else I won’t be publishing that other post as soon as I promised!

  3. Your reviews and book covers are making me hungry! 🙂 What great reviews – I’ll be looking into getting them so I can drool over them myself!

  4. What a fun list!! I’ve got the Smitten Kitchen book on reserve at the library but now I want to add a few of the others.

  5. THANK YOU for switching things up a bit and opening my eyes to some new cookbooks. I love cookbooks but in the past few years with blogs, and pinterest, it seems like they just aren’t as marketted/well known and I’ve found good ones harder to find!

  6. I loved, loved, loved Smitten Kitchen and definitely want to hear more of your thoughts on it!

    I also really like Ruhlman but haven’t read Schmaltz (but I’m so curious about his latest, Egg!)

    And I agree about What Katie Ate. All the pictures just seemed so dark to me, the text was hard to read, and I wasn’t motivated to make anything.

    • I’m curious about Ruhlman’s newest book too, and am waiting for it to pop up in my library’s catalog so I can put it on hold.

      Yes yes yes to your thoughts on What Katie Ate. Why on earth would they produce a book that’s so hard to actually read I have no idea.

  7. Oooh, the French Market definitely peaks my interest! Pinning this as a list to refer back!

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